Lai See

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2004, 12:00am


Transport delays are always vexing, but sometimes the excuses can be even more infuriating. In England, there was an outcry when 'leaves on the track' was cited as the cause of train delays. For polluted Hong Kong, replace leaves with debris and trains with ferries.

On Saturday, passengers on a jetfoil to Macau - many of them tourists - were told that garbage in the water was the reason the one-hour journey would take an extra 20 minutes to complete. While the tourism board may be less pleased with such frankness, perhaps Gordon Wu Ying-sheung has yet another reason to hurry up and build his bridge to Macau.


Two of our reporters attended the opening ceremony of BOCI Securities' new offices in Sheung Wan yesterday. There was clearly no news value in the event, but at least the prospect of chatting with executives over refreshments.

It was not to be. After a brief Q&A session and an even briefer tour, reporters were literally pushed to the exits, away from the executives and food table. 'I'm sorry, but this is reserved for our guests only,' said one particularly pushy PR.


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